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Nicholas Schorsch’s former real estate investment trust (REIT) American Realty Capital Properties Inc. (ARCP) has arrived at a $1B settlement with investors who sued over the company’s accounting scandal that led to inflated financial results five years ago. Now called Vereit, the REIT will pay $738.5M of the class action securities fraud settlement, while Schorsch’s American Realty Capital (AR Capital) will pay $225M. American Realty Capital Property’s ex-CFO Brian Block will pay $12.5M of the settlement. Meantime, Grant Thornton, the firm’s auditor during the period of the scandal, will pay $49M.

American Realty Capital Properties admitted to a $23M accounting error in late 2014. After ARCP restated its financials, investors sold their shares, causing a $3B drop in the REIT’s value. At one point, ARCP held $20B in assets.

Investors sued, accusing the REIT of incorrectly stating financials so as to spur acquisitions and inflate financial results. Two years ago, Block pleaded guilty to securities fraud related to the accounting misstatements.

In Delaware Chancery Court, investors have brought a nontraded real estate investment fraud lawsuit against former RCS Capital (RCAP) CEO Nicholas Schorsch accusing him and his partners of enriching themselves by taking revenue from the publicly traded brokerage holding company. The plaintiffs are part of the RCS Creditor Trust. They are unsecured creditors who say they lost all of their investments with RCAP.

It was just last year that RCAP filed for bankruptcy after falling into millions of dollars in debt. It emerged as Aretec, the holding company that controls Cetera Financial Group.

The plaintiffs contend that Schorsch and partners Peter Budko, William Kahane, Brian Block, and Edward “Michael” Well took advantage of their authority at RCAP to enrich AR Capital, which was the nontraded REIT business that they wholly owned.

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The New York City Retirement Systems and TIAA-CREF have joined other institutional investors in suing . They contend that the real estate investment trust violated federal securities laws when it allegedly made misleading and false statements that misrepresented the company’s business, as well as took part in a scam to fool the market and artificially inflate American Realty securities prices.

The securities laws claims are related to a $23 million accounting error that REIT made during last year’s first stated quarters, misstating the company’s adjusted operation funds. While ARCP eventually disclosed the mistakes, the plaintiffs claim that the company’s senior executives did not at first correct the error when it was discovered. The institutional investors believe that this was because executives wanted to get class members to buy American Realty securities at inflated prices.

TIAA-CREF and the $158.7 billion pension fund are seeking lead plaintiff class action securities status for their institutional investor fraud lawsuit.

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